CSUN 3, UW 2

Dylan Alexander drove in the go ahead run with a bases loaded single in a two run sixth inning as the CSUN Matadors beat Washington 3-2 in the opener of a three game non-conference series at Husky Ballpark on an overcast Friday evening. With the win the Matadors (30-22) continued the woes for the Huskies (26-23) in one run games, dropping the home team to 4-11 in such games.

Trailing 2-1 going into the top of the sixth, Chester Pak got hit by a pitch from starter Noah Bremer leading off the inning. Brandon Choate (1-3) came in from the Husky bullpen but gave up a single to Nolan Bumstead and a walk to Elias Orona to load the bases. Spencer Jones then relieved Choate and got the first batter he faced, Albee Weiss, to chop a ball toward third baseman Nyles Nygaard.

Had Nygaard fielded the ball cleanly instead of having it bounce off his glove,the Huskies may have had a chance for a force at third. As it was, the play went into the books as a single for Weiss, with Pak scoring to tie the game at 2.

With the bases still loaded Alexander lined a one hop single to center to score Bumstead and put the Matadors ahead 3-2. CSUN still had the bases loaded with none out but Jones managed to work out of the inning without any more runs scoring. The first out came on a force at the plate.

Ryan Raslowsky then struck out swinging and Justin Toerner grounded out to end the threat.

The Huskies got on the board first and took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second despite getting only one hit, a leadoff infield single from Alex Schmidt. The first of two errors, a bobble by shortstop Yusuke Akitoshi on a grounder by Will Sparks, put runners at first and third.

After Nygaard walked to load the bases, Levi Jordan hit an apparent inning ending grounder to second baseman Raslowsky but Bumstead dropped the throw to first and let the ball get away for the second error, allowing Schmidt and Sparks to score.

Other than that the Huskies did little offensively against CSUN pitching, getting only four hits. Two came in the bottom of the sixth on a single by Jack Meggs and a double by Austin Rei. Meggs attempted to score on the hit by Rei but a perfect relay by Raslowsky nailed Meggs at the plate. The hit by Rei did extend his streak of reaching base in all 20 games he has played this season after missing 29 due to injury.

Calvin Copping (6-6) got the win for the Matadors, going six innings, allowing both runs, unearned, on three hits and two walks. He struck out four. Conner O'Neil became the new single season saves leader for CSUN with his 10th, pitching the final one and a third innings. He hit one batter and struck out two.

The teams play Game 2 of the series at 2 p.m. on Saturday, with the puns matchup featuring Tyler Davis (7-5, 3.01) for the Huskies and Jerry Keel (4-7, 2.76) for the Matadors.

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